Abhishek Nayar, India, Kolkata Knight Riders, Dinesh Karthik
Abhishek Nayar (Image courtesy: Getty)

Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar has joined Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) support staff for VIVO IPL 2018. Nayar shares a good relationship with KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik, who openly credited the former for his development as a batsman. Nayar, 34, joins a team that is headed by Jacques Kallis. Simon Katich is the assistant coach, Heath Streak – the bowling coach, Andrew Leipus – physiotherapist, Adrian Le Roux – the physical trainer and AR Srikanth – Data and Video analyst. Nayar’s exact designation is yet to be known.

Karthik guided India to a famous win in the Nidahas Trophy 2018 final against Bangladesh at Colombo. He credited Nayar for helping him overcome his insecurities. Karthik had said, “I want to play as long as (possible for India). It was hard a lot of times. I had a lot of doubt whether I will ever play for the country again.

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“That is where I have been lucky to meet Abhishek (Nayar). He is kind of guiding me through the process. I was not sure, where do I need to go and he (Nayar) kind of showed me light at the end of tunnel, things have been touch wood, good and I have been lucky.”

KKR have one win from two matches. They will host Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Eden Gardens on Saturday.